Summer is over but the beach is always open. The beauty of Portobello Beach is that it is just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre and makes a good weekend wander year round. This charming seaside suburb, has two miles of beach making it perfect for a picnic lunch or Sunday stroll. We like to access it through the amazing cycle network as there is a path directly to Portobello Beach from the Water of Leith, but it is also walkable and you can catch a bus from city centre.
Good weather draws large crowds and the promenade hosts a number of popular events- including volleyball competitions, triathlon events and the community-run rowing club. I recommend bringing some coins and hitting up the huge arcade along the promenade – you know, like adults do.
If you are looking for a place to sip or snack, there are several bars and cafés on the promenade, with further options on Portobello’s bustling high street, including quality independent restaurants and charity shops. There is a market in Brighton Park on the first Saturday of every month, selling fresh local produce. You can also find this adorable green truck offering a delicious organic and local range of goodies.
For lunch, The Beach House is a winner for it’s great views of the boardwalk and Firth of Forth. This spot is welcoming and has loads of coastal charm. Chunky wooden furniture, pale blue walls, driftwood accessories and bright wildflowers deck the tabletops. They also have an excellent selection of gluten-free and vegetarian sandwiches, wraps and cakes. This ultimate 4-layer falafel, spinach + avocado toastie hit. the. spot.
Planning a weekend wander? You’ve earned it. Portobello is a unique, quaint and quick city escape and we all know that Edinburgh’s seaside should be an essential part of your visit or life in Scotland’s capital city!